HHS boys earn win against Remington

Joe Knoll prepares to launch three-point basket No. 4 during the fourth quarter of Thursday?s 62-54 win over Remington. The Trojan freshman made five threes over a span of just over five minutes, plus a pair of free throws, to lift the Trojans to victory.Freshman Joe Knoll exploded for 17 points over a 5-minute span late in the game to lift Hillsboro to a 62-54 come-from-behind victory over Remington Thursday in the Tro?jans? home opener.

With the win, Hillsboro takes a 4-1 record into the holiday break.

Hillsboro had a tenuous shooting night from the floor for most of three quarters. The Trojans led 5-2 early in the contest, but the Broncos led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a standoff. Hillsboro led 25-22 when Preston Loewen hit a three-pointer with 1:10 left in the half, but Remington countered with two baskets in the final minute to take a 26-25 lead into intermission.

The Trojans? shooting worsened as the second half began. They managed only two baskets in 10 attempts over the first six minutes, enabling the Bron?cos to build a 35-30 lead.

Knoll then hit his first three-pointer at the 1:14 mark of the third quarter, but three baskets by Reming?ton kept the Broncos on top, 41-35, at the break.

Knoll nailed his second three 41 seconds into the fourth quarter. After Austin Cross followed with a traditional three-point play 38 seconds later, Knoll took over with a three-pointer from the wing, a pair of free throws and then back-to-back threes to give Hillsboro a 52-43 lead with 4:24 left in the context.

The two teams traded points the rest of the way as Hillsboro nailed down the eight-point win.

?We lacked energy tonight,? coach Darrel Knolls said afterward. ?I thought we were a little flat on both sides of the ball. When you?re like that, it?s really hard for shots to go down. But we were able to execute plays. Preston had a couple of big threes in the first half and Joe hit those in the second half.?

Knoll finished with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting?5-for-6 from behind the arc?while the rest of the team made 14 baskets on 42 attempts to finish just under 40 percent accuracy for the night.

Loewen added 13 points and Cross finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, Hillsboro made 13 of 19 free throws, while Rem?ington made six of seven from the line.

?Cross played really well inside again,? Knoll said of his 6-foot-6 post. ?I thought he was the difference for us tonight, cleaning up boards, altering some shots. I can?t say enough about what he?s doing right now for us.?

As his team enters the holiday break, Knoll said he is mostly pleased about the season?s start.

?I think we can be a lot better than we are,? he said. ?We?re so close to being 5-0. I think the guys understand how much of an up-side we have to us yet.

?It?s great to be 4-1. We won a couple of games that were in the balance. Now at Christmas, maybe we can clean up some things and work a little more on offense, and maybe defensively we can add a few more elements.

?I feel great about (the season), but we?ve got a long ways to go. The guys know that, too?and that?s a really good thing. I think everybody?s having fun playing. So far, it seems like we?re all playing together.?

Coming?The Trojans return to competition Jan. 5 when they travel to Lyons for a rematch with the Lions. The game also marks the start of league play.

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